THE VIDAL SASSOON INTERNATIONAL CENTER  FOR  THE STUDY  OF ANTISEMITISM
HEBREW UNIVERSITY  OF J JERUSALEM


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE:

THE DYNAMICS OF ANTISEMITISM
IN THE
SECOND HALF OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

13-16 June 1999 

HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

ALL SESSIONS AND EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY,
MT. SCOPUS, MAIERSDORF FACULTY CLUB, UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.
Sunday June 13
19:00
Reception

Litwnsky Senate Hall, Hebrew University

Opening Session, In Honor of Mr. Felix Posen
Chair: Dalia Ofer, Head,  the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Hebrew University

Greetings: 

  • Menachem Magidor, President of the Hebrew University
  • Yehuda Bauer, Chairman of the International Institute of Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem
  • Ezra Mendelsohn, Head of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry 
  • Felix Posen, Honorary Doctor of the Hebrew University
  • Shmuel Almog, Hebrew University

  • The Aging of the Victimized Jew
    Monday June 14th
    1
    09:00-11:00

    Antisemitism: Approaches, Reassessments, Previews

    Chair: Simcha Epstein, Hebrew University
  • Dina Porat, Tel-Aviv University

  • Definitions of Antisemitism
  • Dalia Ofer, Hebrew University

  • The Role of Antisemitism in the Historiography of the Holocaust
  • Antony Lerman, Institute for Jewish Policy Research

  • Antisemitism at the End of the Twentieth Century:
    The New Context of an Old Prejudice
  • Irwin Cotler, McGill University

  • The United Nations, Israel, Human Rights, and the New Anti-Jewishness
    11:00-11:30 Coffee Break 
    2
    11:30-13:00

    In the Wake of the War

    Chair: Otto Dov Kulka, Hebrew University
    • Anthony Kauders, Tel-Aviv University

    • Democratization and Antisemitism in Postwar Germany
    • Gilad Margalit, Haifa University

    • Political Antisemitism in West Germany: The Case of Gerhard Frey’s Newspapers
    • Richard Mitten, Central European University

    • Jews and Other Victims: The “Jewish Question” and Discourses of Victimhood in Austria
    13:00-14:00 Lunch 
    3
    14:00-15:30

    The Cold War and Beyond

    Chair: Raphael Vago, Tel-Aviv University
    • Mordechai Altshuler, Hebrew University

    • Between Governmental and Popular Antisemitism in the Soviet Union, 1945-1953
    • Theodore Friedgut, Hebrew University

    • The USSR, 1945-1991: Transformations of Antisemitism
    • Daniel Blatman, Hebrew University

    • Jews and Polish Society 1944-1946: Strangers in Their Own Land
    15:30-16:00 Coffee Break 
    4
    16:00-18:00

    The Image of “The Jew”

    • Chair: Dominique Bourel, Centre De Recherche Francais De Jerusalem
    • Jonathan Judaken, Hebrew University

    • Reflections on the “Jewish Question” in Postwar France
    • Sander Gilman, University of Chicago

    • A Jew in East Germany: Secular Jewish Identity under State Socialism - The Case of Jurek Becker
    • Rotem Kowner, Haifa University

    • Engaging Japanese Antisemitism in the 1990s: The Marco Polo Affair
    • Frank Stern, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

    • Visual Representations of the Other - the “Semitic” Gaze from the Screen
    20:00
    Public Lecture 
    Van Leer Institute

    Public Lecture 

    • Gottfried H. Wagner

    • Performing Richard Wagner after the Holocaust: A Critical Approach to the Staging of “Nibelung’s Ring”
    • Chair: Frank Stern, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
    Tuesday June 15
    5
    09:00-10:30

    Post-Communist Antisemitism

    Chair: Antony Lerman, Institute for Jewish Policy Research
    • Leon Volovici, Hebrew University

    • Antisemitic Discourse in Post-Communist Eastern Europe: An Overview
    • Andras Kovacs, Central European University

    • Antisemitism in Present Day Hungary.
    • Raphael Vago, Tel-Aviv University

    • Patterns of Post-Communist Antisemitism in Eastern Europe
    10:30-11:00
    Coffee Break
    6
    11:00-12:30

    Perceptions and Stereotypes in the Arab World

    • Chair: Michel Abitbol, Hebrew University
    • Esther Webman, Tel-Aviv University

    • The Holocaust and the “Nakba” - Recent Developments in the Arab Approach to the Holocaust
    • Yochanan Manor, Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace

    • The Image of Jews and Judaism in School Textbooks of the Arab Countries
    • Milton Shain, University of Cape Town

    • Muslim Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in South Africa, 1945-1998
    12:30-14:00 Lunch 
    7
    14:00-15:30

    Politics, Society, Ideology

    Chair: Wolfgang Benz, Technische Universitat, Berlin
    • Rainer Erb, Technische Universitat, Berlin

    • Antisemitism in Germany: 1948-1998. Politics, Culture, and Public Opinion
    • Gulie Ne’eman Arad, Ben Gurion University of the Negev 

    • The Holocaust and the Discourse of Victimhood in America
    • Leonard Dinnerstein, University of Arizona

    • The Decline of Antisemitism in the United States after World War II
    15:30-16:00 Coffee Break 
    8
    16:00-18:00

    The Church and the Jews: Contemporary Trends

    Chair: Guy Stroumsa, Hebrew University
    • Sergio I. Minerbi, 

    • The Catholic Church’s Attitude toward Antisemitism after World War II
    • Graciella Ben Dror, Haifa University

    • The Catholic Church in Latin America: Aspects of Antisemitism, 1965-1999
    • Yaakov Ariel, University of North Carolina

    • Liberal Antisemitism and Conservative Philosemitism? Protestant Attitudes toward Jews
    • Gershon Nerel

    • “Verus Israel”?: Jewish Believers in Jesus – A Challenge for the Church
    Wednesday June 16
    9
    09:00-10:30

    Holocaust Denial (1)

    Chair: Sergio DellaPergola, Hebrew University
    • Wolfgang Benz, Technische Universitat, Berlin

    • Denial of the Holocaust in the Growing Distance to the Historic Event. Is There a Chance of Defence?
    • Robert Wistrich, Hebrew University

    • Historical “Revisionism”: A Contemporary Form of Antisemitism
    • Per Ahlmark, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden and Honorary Fellow the the Hebrew University

    • How One Persson Made the Difference: Swedish Reactions to the Deniers of the Holocaust in 1989 and 1999.
    10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
    11:00-12:30

    Holocaust Denial (2)

    Chair: Leon Volovici, Hebrew University
    • Florent Brayard, Center Marc Bloch

    • The Reception of the Denial of the Holocaust in France
    • Roni Stauber, Tel-Aviv University

    • From Revisionism to Holocaust Denial - David Irving as a Case Study
    • Susan Sarah Cohen, Hebrew University

    • The Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Antisemitism: An Overview
    12:30-14:00 Lunch
    10
    14:00-15:00

    Confronting Antisemitism: Jewish Responses

    Chair: Dina Porat, Tel-Aviv University
    • David Weinberg, Wayne State University

    • The Response of European Jews to Antisemitism in the Immediate Postwar Period
    • Simcha Epstein, Hebrew University

    • Patterns of Jewish Responses to Antisemitism
     15:00-15:30
    Coffee Break
    11
    15:30-16:30

    Confronting Antisemitism: Legal Approaches

    Chair: Haim Avni, Hebrew University
    • Hadassa Ben-Itto, Judge Emeritus

    • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: The Lie that Wouldn’t Die
    • Claude Klein, Hebrew University

    • Struggling against Racism and Antisemitism: The Legal Approach
    16:30-17:00 Coffee Break
    17:00
    Closing Session

    Toward the Next Century

    Panel Discussion
    Chair: Dalia Ofer, Hebrew University

    Participants:

  • Yehuda Bauer (Yad Vashem)
  • Sander Gilman (University of Chicago)
  • Norman Manea, (Bard College, New York)
  • Robert Wistrich (Hebrew University)

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